Cambodian refugees began immigrating to different parts of the world in large numbers in 1979. Due to the Khmer Rouge and the ongoing civil war, the biggest wave of refugees immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s.
Assimilation proved difficult because of the cultural differences between American and Cambodian culture. Many Cambodian teens often carried the burden of trying to fit in with American Culture while maintaining the traditions in a Cambodian household which lead to identity problems.
Fast forward to 2016, decades after resettling in the United States and various other countries the face of Cambodians have changed tremendously. The diaspora all over is more educated, artistic, confident, and prouder than ever.
While the Cambodian diaspora community is dispersed all over the world one thing remain. We are grounded and defined by the foundation of our roots.